Congratulations to our May Employee of the
Month, Janel Brestel.
Janel has been an employee at this facility
for 35 years. She began her career in
1979 as a Nursing Assistant. Then after
high school graduation she attended Mid-Plains Community College and received
her License Practical Nurse degree in 1983.
She again joined the staff as LPN Charge nurse for 9 years. She has filled many shoes in her 35 year
career here, Nurse, Activities Director, Social Services Designee, Marketing /
Resource Development Director, and friend to all.
Janel lives in Callaway with her husband Rod
and has enjoyed volunteering in her community and church through the
years. She and Rod have 2 daughters and
5 grandchildren which are true blessings in their lives! Janel loves listening to music, singing,
movies and spending time with family and friends! She makes a pretty good cinnamon roll, too!!
Her fellow co-workers nominated her for her
dedication to this facility. They said,
“Janel is passionate about our facility.
She has been tirelessly working to bring awareness to the Nursing Home
Crisis. At our last All Staff meeting
she prepared informational items for the staff to read and created information
to send to Gov. Ricketts and Sen. Williams.
Thank you, Janel for your passion!”
When asked why she likes doing what she
does, her reply was, “My favorite thing about working at this facility is
getting to know the Residents and families through the years. This is a place I’ve grown up with and have
been inspired and touched by these special people. I’ve made long lasting friendships and have
seen generations of staff come through our doors. I also have felt pride in our community and
beyond for their wonderful support for this facility.”
Never lose your passion Janel, you inspire
us all to care more and lovingly touch the souls we serve. Thank you for your service.
The walkway surrounding the Callaway Good Life Center will be decorated with dozens of American Flags during the Memorial Day holiday in honor of our armed forces, servicemen and women, friends, family members and loved ones. Celebrate the life of someone special and support our center by sponsoring a flag for a donation of $25.00 or more.
We will tag your sponsored 12 x 18 flag with the name of your honored individual and place it with the others along our walkway in the front of the facility beginning May 24th, 2019. It will remain there through May 29th as a symbol of remembrance.
Residents and visitors of Callaway Good Life Center can view this display at their leisure. In addition, everyone is invited to a short dedication ceremony of the Walkway of Flags on Tuesday May 28th, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Callaway Good Life Center!
Name:____________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________ City, State, Zip:______________________________________ Phone:__________________ Number of Flags___________
Send above information with your donation to the Callaway Good Life Center, c/o Walkway of Flags, PO Box 250 Callaway, NE. 68825. Make check payable to Callaway Good Life Center
Flag(s) in honor of:____________________________________________________
Flag(s) in memory of:_________________________________________________
Congratulations to our April Employee of the
Month, Shalina Scott!
Shalina has been with us for 4 months and
has made a great impact. She is a hard
worker and has stepped up to do, not only Dietary Cook, but also
Housekeeping. She even gets to do laundry!
Shalina has 4 children, Neal and Rebecca
Scott and Jack and Penelope Harisson.
Penelope comes to the center with her mom sometimes and we all get to
spoil her! Shalina’s hobbies include
gardening, reading, sewing and cooking.
Shalina was nominated by two employees who have
this to say about her, “When there is work to be done or help needed with
anything, Shalina is quick to jump in and help out. On Saturday, we had a water leak in the
breakroom. I asked Shalina for the mop
from the kitchen and before I could grab a wet floor sign, she was already
cleaning up the mess that I had intended to clean. On Sunday when setting up the tower garden,
Shalina came and lent a helping hand. I
appreciate her hard work and willingness to step in wherever needed and just
jump in and do even if she’s busy doing other things!!
Shalina is always willing to come in and
help when needed. She comes to work and
helps when someone calls in. She made
dinner rolls and is going to teach the other cooks how to make them. She makes a lot of foods from scratch and
gives suggestions for vegan dishes. She
is always pleasant and residents love her.
When she works in the kitchen, she often works housekeeping that same
day. She is open for change and gives
suggestions on how to make something work better. She is also good at keeping the aides on a good
When we asked Shalina why she enjoys what
she does, she said, “I enjoy getting to work with staff here and I love when I
get to cook. Seeing how much the people
enjoy the work we put into their meals makes me happy and I enjoy bringing joy
to them. I love to make people smile.”
You make all of us smile Shalina, thanks for
your good example.
Callaway Good Life Center delivered some goodies to our Docs today in
honor of “National Doctor’s Day! We thank you all for your wonderful and
compassionate care you give to our Residents! Our staff appreciate all
you do for us and we love working with you! WE ARE BLESSED!
Congratulations to our March, 2019, Employee
of the Month, Cris Sierks.
Cris is a LPN /MDS Coordinator /Director of Nursing
Assistant. She began her career as a
C.N.A, then earned her Nursing degree as an LPN and has served our facility since
She enjoys camping, fishing, travelling, and
spending time with her family. She has
been married for 20 years and has 4 children, and 9 grandchildren. Cris graduated from Callaway High School and
her Mom still lives in the community.
Cris’ co-workers nominated her twice this
month. They said, “Cris stepped up on
day shift today and didn’t hesitate to lend a hand with resident care as we
were short staffed. She asked who she
could help with and what needed done.
This made a stressful morning go smoothly for all. Thanks, Cris!”
They also nominated her by stating, “Cris
spends days at a time away from home to be at work! She has come in in the wee hours of the
morning to ensure a 1-1 Resident is properly supervised so staff can care for
others. Cris helps the charge nurse with
assessments and documentation. She has
spent hours calling and getting staff to cover shifts. This list could go on forever, but Cris gives
1000% for our residents. Thank You Cris. Cris also makes sure our MDS Assessments are
completed accurately and that we are in compliance with CMS regulations. She is
a key player in our success.
We asked Cris why she enjoys what she does,
and she said “I have always enjoyed the Long Term setting and caring for
residents as a nurse. I took on MDS
Coordinator when I was unable to work on the floor.” We are blessed to have you on our team.
Irish Eyes are Smiling”” today as we celebrated with an early St.
Patrick’s Day party! Chester’s Fried Chicken, White and Green Cake and
Green Sherbet Punch to boot! Wishing everyone the” Luck of the Irish” in
finding your “Pot of Gold”!